The N.J. bear hunt begins with bows, arrows and a protest

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ROB JENNINGS / NJ.COM – N.J.’s annual bear hunt is underway in northern New Jersey, one year after a record 636 bears were killed.

The hunt opened in eight counties a half-hour before dawn, under rules established by the state Department of Environmental Protection. It will conclude Saturday, with a second, six-day hunt starting Dec. 4.

Protesters are planning to gather at 9 a.m. in a grassy area off Fredon Springdale Road, across the street from one of five check stations for hunters returning with dead bears …

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